As much as I didn't want to write about reality TV, after today's show, I feel I must.
While talking with Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran, I asked him what he thinks has changed in the music industry from the 70's to now. He was quick to answer. To sum up the response in his English accent: Rather than using their talent, kids turn to doing reality TV.
Over a year ago, I was talking with some people in the industry telling them I wanted to do a talk show. I told them my ideas, how I would execute it and what networks I could take it to. They loved everything about what I was saying but since I didn't have a "household" name, no network would pick me up.
How do I get a household name?
Do a reality show.
At first, I was completely open to it because, well, the money sounded good. As I went further down the path, producers starting demanding weird quotes, situations and dialogue. Yes, I could make up some crazy things to say to someone but one thing I never could do is portray myself as someone else.
As you and my bank account can see, I dropped off the production and decided to focus my time into doing something constructive that was going to get me to my final goal without selling out.
Nick Rhodes sparked my epiphany: Reality TV is the new word for sell-out.
Now, before you bite my head off, the reality TV I'm speaking of is, as I call it, TrainWreck TV: Real Housewives, 16 & pregnant, Bad Girls Club, Keeping Up With The Kardashians and The Hills are just a few. By no means am I referring to quality reality TV on people with talent like Deadliest Catch, Fantasy Factory, American Idol or America's Best Dance Crew.
To really make sure I had a grasp on this, I watched the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion. Half way through the episode I had to pop an anxiety pill because I felt like I was just as loony as Barbie 1, 2, 3, 4 and Kyle Richards. Yes, you're right, television is there for our entertainment, so to each his own. But really, that is entertainment to you?
What is entertaining about watching grown women act completely classless, immature and, as Kristin Cavalleri told me, fake? This behavior would be amusing if it were characters acting out their rolls. But it is grown men and women who are playing themselves acting a fool.
As a society, we end up glorifying these people's bad behavior simply by tuning in.
Go turn on The Office, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Always Sunny in Philadelphia or any of the primetime network shows and you will see talent. And no, J-Woww, hitting a girl in the face doesn't constitute as talent.
These reality stars aren't famous, they're notorious. Snooki is notorious for being stupid. Natalie Nunn is notorious for being a bad bitch. Elizabeth Hasselbeck is notorious for being on Survivor. On the other hand, Steve Carrell, Cheryl Hines, Jon Stewart and Chelsea Handler, to name a few, are all famous for their talent, wit and experience.
Twenty years ago kids who wanted to be famous were told to go to school, perfect your craft and become a waiter. Now kids can forget the schooling and waiter job. Sell your soul, get in a fight, say the C word and boom, you got yourself a multimillion-dollar career.
So the next time you turn on a television program, view it as casting your vote. If no one tuned in to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion, I would imagine there wouldn't be a season two.
With that said, from here on out, do not expect to ever see a Trainwreck TV star on my show. They can take their promotion to their twitter page because those 140 characters are symbolic to how many seconds their fame will last.
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